UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State will welcome Rutgers back to Beaver Stadium for the first time in 21 years and play Maryland at M&T Bank Stadium as the Big Ten Conference office Monday announced the 2015 conference football schedule.
The Scarlet Knights will visit Beaver Stadium on Sept. 19 for the first time since a Sept. 24, 1994 contest. The clash also will be the opening game of the Big Ten's 120th football season, as the two border rivals open the conference schedule against each other for the second consecutive year. Penn State's Sept. 13, 2014 contest at Rutgers will be the Scarlet Knights' first Big Ten game. The teams have met 24 times, with the first game in 1918 and the last meeting in 1995 at Giants Stadium.
Penn State will play its Big Ten opener at home in 2015 after five consecutive conference openers on the road.
Coach Bill O'Brien's Nittany Lions also will host East Division rivals Indiana (Oct. 10) and Michigan (Nov. 21), as well as West Division foe Illinois for an Oct. 31 clash during the 2015 season.
Penn State will clash with East Division rival Maryland at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Oct. 24, 2015. The teams will be meeting in Maryland for the first time since an Oct. 2, 1993 contest at Byrd Stadium in College Park.
The Terrapins will visit Beaver Stadium on Nov. 1, 2014. Penn State and Maryland have met 37 times, with the first meeting in 1917 and the last contest in 1993, in College Park.
The Nittany Lions also will visit East Division rivals Ohio State (Oct. 17) and Michigan State (Nov. 28) in 2015. Starting in 2014, the Nittany Lions and Spartans will end the regular season against each other as they did from 1993-2010 in the battle for the Land Grant Trophy.
Penn State will have one open date during the 2015 campaign and has two non-conference games remaining to be scheduled. The Nittany Lions are scheduled to visit Temple in the Sept. 5 season opener at Lincoln Financial Field. Buffalo (Sept. 12) and two more non-conference opponents also will visit Beaver Stadium in 2015, in addition to the four conference home games.
Big Ten teams will play eight conference games from 2013-15, with a nine-game conference schedule starting in 2016. The Nittany Lions will play their six East Division rivals and three West Division teams that rotate starting in 2016.